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Night Owl

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  • Birthday 08/23/1968

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  2. Awsome choice I have it on my to do list as well there are some great after market flap, cockpit and airbrake kits. I was able to negotiate a deal with another modeller on this site for the afterburner decal set " Jammin Jihad" I like the three tone gray or desert scheme. I am starting a TA-4J Adversaries Bandits in a five color scheme that will challange my masking skills. Ill be following your profile happy modeling if your looking for anything I have a stash of some F-117 upgrades and an Academy F-117 1:48 kit. I can photograph for you. I also have an unbuilt Kitty Hawk F-35A and an Italeri EA-18G growler collecting dust I dont plan to build.
  3. Glad to see your finished that's a keeper for the shelf. Great job and detailing you've inspired me to look at a Raptor so what are you onto next?
  4. I'll be following your progress so please post as time permits. Nice detailing behind the seat was that the kit or your doing?
  5. After a day of not looking at the model I referenced some photos and decided to tone down the panel lines l think it looks better. For a scale reference here is the fire Scout beside a Sea Hawk
  6. When you get to the camouflage scheme may I suggest you use a mask or masking putty. I think those colors are will loose their individuality with too soft of an edge. I had this problem on an A-1 Skyraider at 1:48 and found masking improved the final finish tremendously. I mean really and I have argued this point if you reduce any sprayed on scheme from 1:1 to 1:48 the scale would be representative of an almost unfeathered edge. Many good models have been ruined by out of scale airbrushing.
  7. Wow thats ambitious detailing making moving parts, soldering tubing is an aquired skill it will be very interesting to see how the parts function alot of dry fitting and testing for sure. I guess you could continue on trying to get all the flaps ect to move that would be impressive. Looking to the RC planes for how they rig control surfaces might give you an insight into making yours work at smaller scale.
  8. Got alot done this weekend on the fire scout. Filling and sanding adding all the little pieces. This kit is like glass super fragile I can't list all the parts that broke while painting and sanding. The aft section looking at photos was missing alot of rivet details so I broke out the rivet decals. So because this is a small model after I did the Vallejo light ghost gray primer I noticed that the model without pre shading was extremely boring. So I preshaded NATO black and mist coated Dark Ghosts gray then cut in on the larger surface with light ghost gray. I used Vallejo light gray wash to pick up the panel lines then some gray pigment powder. I sprayed with vallejo satin varnish then applied the decals which are very good quality. Next is the Remove before flight covers and rotor tie downs. Oh also a final coat of satin varnish and running lights.
  9. Nice attention to details all around can you post some more photos of the cockpit and underside. Great paint and weathering quit flawless.
  10. Tonight stared getting into this kit looking at detailed photos there are many corrections that will need to be made along the way. This kind of moulding mistake is almost unforgivable I mean common for the price this is not acceptable. So ill have to cut it and fill it and shape it. Cut off the bottom and ill sand it down we will see if that works. Sanded, reglued and puttied. Lined up ill let it dry overnight and sand it out tomorrow.
  11. Thanks for the tips ill try them and see if I can get the images to enlarge.
  12. Thanks for all the kind words it makes the hours of work worth while.
  13. I use Smugmug its a small fee but east to use www.smugmug.com
  14. After allot of posts I had another member comment that it was too bad my photos were not larger. I tried in the post to enlarge the photo but I dont think thats the issue as i didnt see any options. I would appreciate some help with this techy issue. Photo details says 3246 x 2488 avg 2.13 MB
  15. I didnt use decals they tend to look too much like decals and this pattern didnt exist in a decal or mask so it was lots of tape.
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